The Personalist Project

Class details

The Nature of Love

Jules van Schaijik

Spring 2009

Where

519 N. High St., West Chester, PA

When

Fridays between 8 and 10 pm

Class sessions

1/5
The centrality of love in human life
1/19
Characteristics of love in general and the different kinds of love.
2/2
Distortions and counterfeits of love
2/16
The transformation of love through Christianity
3/2
Love and the development of persons
3/16
Marriage, sexuality, virginity
3/30
The fruitfulness of love
4/13
Wrap-up and review

Description

Love plays a central role in human life. It is both our origin and our ultimate end. All desire it, and no one can be happy without it. But what exactly is it? How do we recognize and attain it? What are the different kinds of love? How can we distinguish between a genuine love and its many look-alikes or corruptions? How does Christianity change our understanding of love? And how is love related to sexuality, and to new life? It is questions like these that are addressed in this course.

More about the class

Readings will be taken from the following books

  • Plato, Phaedrus, Symposium
  • Kierkegaard, Works of Love
  • Scheler, Ressentiment
  • von Hildebrand, The Nature of Love, Purity
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Pieper, Love
  • Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility